Review | A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine.

“To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.” 5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: wings, armours, illusions, marriages, locks, bones, transformations and mates.

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

How is it possible that I loved this book even more than the first one? Of course my favorite aspect of this series is the romance, so of course this had to be my favorite book in the entire series.

What’s so cool for me is the way the author used the first book as a prequel to what was going to happen here. I thought the story was complex in the first book, but I never thought things would change direction so drastically. This entire book was just a major plot twist! The amount of discoveries the readers make in this book is mind blowing.

There’s a lot going on with this book, and you fly through it without even noticing it! Like I said, by far my favorite book from the series. I’m speechless, shocked, impressed and happy with the crazy turn this took. I really had a lot of fun reading this!

xoxo,

Review | My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

“The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.” 3.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: cleaning supplies, dreadlocks, nigerian food, knives, flowers, hospital rooms, scrubs and blood stains.

When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

My Sister, the Serial Killer is a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker – and more difficult to get out of the carpet – than water…

I was somewhat disappointed with this book. Since it was so hyped up and it was nominated for several awards… I was expecting more.

I have mixed feelings not only about the story but also about the characters –  and by characters I mean the two sisters. The story felt slow and still, and there wasn’t visible development in every single aspect of this book. I was at least expecting some character development by the end of the story, but that didn’t happen.

With that said, I do have positive things to say about this book. My favorite thing was definitely the cultural aspect. I really like the references to the Nigerian cuisine, traditions and expressions! I learned a lot with this book, which I wasn’t expecting.

Another great aspect was the writing!  Pace aside, I really liked how short the chapters were and how easy it was to follow the story. It made reading so much easier!

I think it’s important to know that if you’re going into this book for the mystery/thriller aspect, you will probably be disappointed. But I still think you can take something from this book like I did. For me personally, it was a great way to learn more about the Nigerian culture. It’s a fairly quick read, so why not give it a shot and see it for yourself?

xoxo,

Review | Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

“Books are time travel. True readers all know this. But books don’t just take you back to the time in which they were written; they can take you back to different versions of yourself.” 3.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: blog posts, thriller books, secrets, ginger cats, questions and the dark web.

A chilling tale of psychological suspense and an homage to the thriller genre tailor-made for fans: the story of a bookseller who finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation because a very clever killer has started using his list of fiction’s most ingenious murders.

Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Death Trap, A. A. Milne’s Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox’s Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald’s The Drowner, and Donna Tartt’s A Secret History.

But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookstore in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife.

To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for the longest time, and now that I did… I’m underwhelmed. 

In my eyes, this story had great potential. The concept behind the book is incredibly creative: a bookstore owner wrote a blog post about eight perfect murders based on great thriller books, and someone decided to recreate those murders. He then gets to work with an investigator to discover who is responsible for those murders.

The book was okay. It’s the kind of story where you keep uncovering secrets and you don’t know if you can trust the main character. With that said, it’s not the most memorable book, probably because the real plot is overshadowed by the other thriller books it’s based on. I also wasn’t a fan of the ending and the “big” plot twist.

One thing that REALLY bothered me about this book was how some books I wanted to read were spoiled. To be fair, the thrillers mentioned are pretty old, but I still wanted to read some books from Agatha Christie that were mentioned. Unfortunately, this story describes exactly what happens in each mentioned thriller book… including the plot twists and killers! So… thank you for that.

If you like books about books, you should probably give this one a go. Like I said, there’s a bookstore and there are endless references to thriller books, and if that’s something you might enjoy, you should give it a go.

xoxo,

Review | Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way. 3.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: orange juice, trauma, flights, elevators, nurses, long shifts and sweet 80 year olds.

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors of all time. I’m so used to her amazing writing and how she never disappoints with her work, so I was very excited to finally read Ugly Love. With that said, unfortunately this is probably my least favorite book from her. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still an okay book, but I was expecting more. I personally didn’t love the characters, the story or the “big twist”… but let’s talk about it individually!

The characters and the romance were somewhat disappointing. Tate’s one personality trait was to be obsessed with this guy she just met. Miles was okay, but there was nothing too special about him. My favorite character was Cap, and I wish he had more scenes in the book. He was too precious!

The plot was okay, but it lacked creativity. I kept expecting a big plot twist to happen, but it never did and the plot ended up being very predictable. The story is fast paced, but not in the best way – the romance developed too fast!

One a positive note, the writing is immaculate, as you would expect. I really like the format of the book, switching between the past and the present. I also love how the author changes the format of the text in Miles’ part – being aligned at the center when he is happy. That was such a nice touch!

I have high expectations when it comes to Coleen’s books, and that’s why I was disappointed. Sure, the book is entertaining, but if you never read anything by her, I would recommend picking one of her other books instead.

xoxo,

Review | The Betrayed (The Betrothed #2) by Kiera Cass

“I’d already fallen. And I was in so deep there was no coming back.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: golden feathers, beautiful gowns, duels, flower crowns, forged swords, sentimental rings, miscarriages and letters.

Can you follow your heart when it’s already broken?

After fleeing Coroa and leaving the memory of her beloved Silas behind, Hollis is unsteadily adjusting to life in Isolte. The Eastoffe family’s affection is a balm on her weary spirit, though Etan, a surly cousin with a deep distaste for Coroans, threatens to upset the uneasy peace she’s found.

While tensions at home ratchet up, disquiet in the kingdom of Isolte is reaching a fever pitch. The Eastoffes may have the power to unseat a tyrannical king—but only with Hollis’s help.

Can a girl who’s lost it all put the fate of her adopted homeland over the secret longings of her heart?

I liked the sequel way better than the first book! When I first read The Betrothed I wasn’t too fond of the story and that plot twist at the end almost ruined the story for me and made me give up on this series. I’m glad I still bought the sequel because fortunately, we get some much needed redemption in this one!

In comparison to the first book, the story here is more linear and predictable, and even though there were some twists and turns along the way, it was nothing as shocking as the first book.

I really like how Kiera Cass writes monarchy, and this book was no exception to the rule! We still have the beautiful gowns, the romance and the female heroine! These elements always make me happy, and that’s why I can’t let go of Kiera Cass.

Even though the ending was okay, it was too short in my opinion. I was waiting for a prologue that would wrap up the story in a nice way, but it ended up feeling incomplete.

I can’t help but think that I wish the books were bigger or this was the trilogy instead of a duology. I say this because I feel like this story had potential to be really good, but it wasn’t explored and developed to its maximum. I wish the author invested more time and energy in the story, because something amazing would come out of it.I keep reading Kiera Cass books hoping I’ll find another gem like The Selection series. In my humble opinion, this duology doesn’t have the same quality, but I still think it’s better than The Siren.

xoxo,

Wrap-Up | What I Read in July 2021

Hi guys, I hope you’re doing well!

Today I’m bringing you all the books I read in July. I missed three books from my planned TBR for July, but I honestly wasn’t feeling them the time I started them. So I put them on the side and I ended up reading five unplanned books! In total I ended up reading eleven books, which was pretty good! So let’s get into the books and their ratings.

Here is my original TBR list for July (with eight books) and the books I read:

  1. Verity by Colleen Hoover: 5/5⭐
  2. The Push by Ashley Audrain: 4/5⭐
  3. Float Plan by Trish Doller: 4.5/5⭐

4. His & Hers by Alice Feeney: 4.5/5⭐
5. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch: 4/5⭐

Overall the ratings were pretty good! All the books I read from my planned TBR list have rating above 4/5. Now regarding the books I read that weren’t planned, I read seven books:

  1. A Wish For Us by Tillie Cole 3.75/5
  2. Too Late by Colleen Hoover 4.25/5
  3. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 3.5/5
  4. Bias: A K-Pop Romance by Lucy Gold 3.5/5
  5. The Betrothed (The Betrothed #1) by Kiera Cass 3.5/5
  6. The Betrayed (The Betrothed #2) by Kiera Cass 3.75/5
  7. Losing the Field (The Field Party #4) by Abbi Glines 3.25/5

And that’s it, that was my reading month. Well guys, thank you so much for reading my post! Let me know how your reading month was and if you read any of these. I’ll see you guys later 🙂

xoxo,

TBR | August 2021

Hello everyone!

Today I’m bringing you my TBR list for August – with some changes! Last month I struggled a bit to finish my TBR because I wasn’t in the mood to pick up any of the three last books. Unfortunately, for that reason, I didn’t finish all the books I planned to read in July – which you’ll get to see better in my Wrap Up post -, and I ended up focusing my attention on other books I wanted to read.

This month I want to have more freedom to appease my moody self and I don’t want to feel like I’m stuck to a selection of books, so I’m only adding five books to my monthly goal.

Now I’ll stop rambling and, without further ado, here’s my TBR for August:

  1. One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
    One to Watch is one of those books I never paid too much attention to. So surprisingly, after discovering it was translated to portuguese, I decided to give it a try. I heard it’s a really fun book to read so I’m hoping it’s good!
  2. And The Little One Said by Elizabeth Coffey
    This book was kindly sent to me by the author! I saw other readers hyping it up on Instagram, so the feedback has been very positive. I don’t know much about it yet, but I wanted to make it a priority, so I added it to my August TBR!
  3. The Authenticity Project by Claire Pooley
    I keep seeing this book everywhere. Instagram, Youtube, blog posts… everywhere! Also, a friend just recommended it to me a few days ago! Since I’ve heard so many great things about it, I got curious and I finally got my copy. I have a feeling this is going to be a great one!
  4. Pop Goes the Weasel (Helen Grace #2) by M.J. Arlidge
    I started this series recently, and I really liked how easy it was to get into the story. It’s a detective/mystery series, and it revolves around the same main character, the detective, who solves a different mystery in each book. If this one (the second) is as interesting as the first book, I’m sure I’m going to love it as well!
  5. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
    I’m on a roll with Colleen Hoover’s books! I read Too Late and Verity in July and now I’ll be reading Ugly Love in August. This one in particular has been sitting on my shelf for a while now, so it’s time to give it some love. Can’t wait for this one!

And that’s it, these are the ones I’ll be reading next month! Like I said, I kept the list pretty simple, but I’m excited for all of these. Now tell me about you! What are you planning to read in August? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading, have a great day!

xoxo,

Review | Love & Gelato (Love & Gelato #1) by Jenna Evans Welch

“You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they sat, it’s for the same two things.”
“What?”
“Love and gelato.”
4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: gelato, scooters, amazing dresses, old photographs, mansions, delicious italian food, diary entries, statues, night clubs, train rides, monuments, history and cemeteries.

“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is go back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires her, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

I liked this more than I thought I would! I have an old dream of visiting Italy, and this book definitely revived that desire within me. I never went there, but I would love to visit all the beautiful cities there and eat all the delicious italian food I can – by the way, just a quick heads up… this book will make you hungry. It’s impossible not to read this and not immediately crave pizza, pasta and gelato! You have been warned!

If you like summery books with some depth, you have to read this book. This book in particular is focused on a trip to Italy, so if you like to read travel books, this is another reason why you should pick this up. According to the author, this story was inspired by her own time spent in Italy. And let me tell you: her love for that trip shows in the story. Her experience really brought this book to life and made the story more credible. I’m also glad Jenna Evans Welch incorporated real history and fun facts about the architecture, statues and monuments. You’ll have fun, but you will also learn some new things about the italian history.

I personally liked all the characters in this, with no exception. There was something about these characters that made them realistic. Maybe it’s because of the relationships and interactions between the characters, or maybe it’s because of how well the author captured the essence of italian mannerisms and strong opinions. Whatever it was, it was well made and made a huge difference in my experience as a reader!

Surprisingly, the romance wasn’t the highlight of the book, but I still really liked it for what it was. It was a very cute and sweet summer romance that developed slowly. It was, in my humble opinion, a very good representation of a friends-to-lovers relationship!

I think people go into this book thinking this a very lighthearted read, but the story has some depth to it. I admit I wasn’t expecting it to be this way, but I was happy with how it turned out. Most beach reads don’t have strong plots, and this is an exception to the rule. I wasn’t counting on reading the entire series before I read this book, but now I’m curious! I don’t even know if it follows the main characters, but I’ll definitely check it out. If you’re looking for a fun book with a traveling theme for the summer, look no further. This is the perfect book for you!

xoxo,

Review | After the Game (The Field Party #3) by Abbi Glines

“For every teenage girl who has made a mistake and those who had no one to believe in them. May you find strength in yourself and realize you are strong enough. This too shall pass, and you’ll become a woman of strength. Hang in there.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: friendship, football championships, car rides, applesauce, baby strollers, missing cats, affairs, rape, Alzheimer’s, teenage pregnancy, lies, fantastic mothers, cute baby and blonde curls.



Two years ago, Riley Young fled from Lawton, Alabama. After accusing the oldest Lawton son, Rhett, of rape, everyone called her a liar and she had no option but to leave. Now she’s back, but she’s not at Lawton High finishing up her senior year. She’s at home raising the little girl that no one believed was Rhett’s.

Rhett is off at college living the life he was afraid he’d lose with Riley’s accusation, so Riley agrees to move back to Lawton so she and her parents could take care of her grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. But the town still hasn’t forgotten their hate for her, and she hasn’t forgotten the way they turned on her when she needed them most.

When town golden boy Brady Higgens finds Riley and her daughter, Bryony, stranded on the side of the road in a storm, he pulls over and gives them a ride. Not because he cares about Riley, of course, but because of the kid.

But after the simple car ride, he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Could Brady believe Riley and risk losing everything?

I don’t feel exactly the same way I did when I read this from the first time, but from all the three books so far, Brady is still probably my favorite of the boys. I love how different he was from his friends, and did not want to hide the fact he was seeing Riley regularly. He did what he thought was right without thinking how the other guys and the rest of the town would see them being friends. He wasn’t scared of other people’s reactions.

Just like the other female characters of the previous books, I really liked how strong Abbi made Riley. She obviously went through a lot in the past and she is not a regular 17 year-old girl anymore. It is very sad that nobody believed a 15 year old teenager when she said she was raped, and she had to move out of Lawton to have her baby. Just like Maggie and Willa, she doesn’t like drama (which I appreciate) and is very mature for her age. Also, it was nice to see that Maggie and Willa were very friendly and nice to her, and they wanted to be friends. They made a great friend group. 

One of the things I thought was a bit weird is how Bryony behaved during the book. For a 15-month old child I think she was a bit… overdeveloped. But I don’t know… maybe it’s just me? I think if she was a bit older, her dialogue would make more sense.

There were some shocking elements in the book – especially regarding Brady and Rhett – that I wasn’t expecting, but I really liked how things turned out.

At this point, I don’t think I could pick a favorite book in this series because I really liked all of them so far, but it would definitely be between the first book or this one. 

I reread this for the second time and I still liked it: the romance was good and the story is classic Abbi Glines (which I love)! Incredibly bingeable and so easy and fun to read. Recommend it!

xoxo,

Review | Too Late by Colleen Hoover

“I guess that’s the difference in being loved the right way and the wrong way. You either feel tethered to an anchor…or you feel like you’re flying.” 4.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: GPS trackers, pizza boxes, red dresses, house parties, coconut cake, Spanish classes, swimming pools, gunshots, cookbooks, threats, manipulation, drugs, schizophrenia and miracles.

Sloan will go through hell and back for those she loves.
And she does, every single day.
After finding herself stuck in a relationship with the dangerous and morally corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to get by until she’s able to find a way out.
Nothing will get in her way.
Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the best thing to ever happen to Asa. And if you ask Asa, he’d say he’s the best thing to ever happen to Sloan. Despite Sloan’s disapproval of Asa’s sinister lifestyle, he does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead in his business. He also does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead of Sloan.
Nothing will get in his way.
Nothing except Carter.

This book is absolutely INSANE and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it!

I was really into this story and I was sure I was going to rate this book five stars when I reached the middle of the book. The reason why I didn’t do that is because the story got too crazy by the end and that’s where it lost me. I’m not entirely sure of this, but I feel like this may be one of Colleen’s first books. I say this because you can still tell this is a story written by her – because the drama and the romance elements are there, just like in her other books -, but it’s very noticeable that she was still working on her writing!

With that said, I was really into the romance and how dark the story was. It was so stressful to see how the main girl was dealing with her current situation and how helpless she was – but in a good way, because it was what grabbed me to the story.

It was a rollercoaster of emotions, and even though I didn’t love the second half of the book, I couldn’t put the book down until I finished the story! It’s a very graphic book and it deals with very serious topics such as rape and violence, so I would recommend it only to older readers – be aware of those triggers if you are sensitive to those specific topics.

xoxo,